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Building Official Notes

Higginsville Board of Aldermen Adopts 2015 International Codes

The Higginsville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to adopt the 2015 International Family of Construction Codes at its regular meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018.
The codes adopted include the Building Code, Residential Code, Fire Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, Fuel Gas Code, Property Maintenance Code, Private Sewage Disposal Code, Swimming Pool and Spa Code, Existing Building Code, and the 2014 National Electric Code.  All of these were adopted with local amendments.
The new codes took effect Monday, May 7, 2018,  and apply to all new building projects permitted after that date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where are egress windows required, and what size should they be?
A:  All sleeping rooms shall have at least one window or exterior door that meets the egress requirements.  The open area of a window shall be 5.7 square feet and have an opening height of 24 inches and an opening width of 20 inches.  Grade floor windows shall open to a net opening of 5 square feet.  The sill height shall not exceed 44 inches above the finish floor.  Windows shall be so designed that they can be opened without special tools, keys, or special knowledge.  Casement windows cannot open back into the opening itself, they shall hinge from one corner.
Q:  Where is safety glazing required?
A:  In HAZARDOUS LOCATION.   The following shall be considered specific hazardous locations for the purpose of glazing.
  1. Glass in side-hinged doors, except jalousies
  2. Glass in fixed and sliding panels of sliding door assemblies
  3. Glass in storm doors
  4. Glass in all unframed swing doors
  5. Glass in doors and enclosures for hot tubs, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, bathtubs and showers.  Glazing in any part of a building wall enclosing these compartments where the bottom exposed edge of the glass is less than 60 inches, measured vertically, above the floor or walking surface
  6. Glass in an individual fixed or operable panel adjacent to a door where the nearest vertical edge is within a 24 inch arc of the door in a closed position and whose bottom edge is less than 60 inches above the floor or walking surface
  7. Glass in an individual fixed or operable panel, other than those locations described in items 5 and 6 above, that meets all of the following conditions:
    • 7.1    Exposed area of an individual pane greater than 9 square feet
    • 7.2    Bottom edge less than 18 inches above the floor
    • 7.3    Top edge greater than 36 inches above the floor
    • 7.4    One or more walking surfaces within 36 inches horizontally of the glass
  8. All glass in railings regardless of an area or height above a walking surface
  9. Glass in walls and fences enclosing indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs and spas where the bottom edge of the pool or spa side is less than 60 inches above a walking surface and within 60 inches horizontally of the water’s edge.  This shall apply to single glazing and all panes in multiple glazing.